#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Beating another example of human rights being suppressed

Friday, May 29, 2009

Beating another example of human rights being suppressed

The family and friends of the young police officer who was beaten and charged with theft of a mobile phone - then dismissed from the force - say they tried to get the interim government and the media to help.

Raj Shavendra Prasad, of the Nausori Police Station, was beaten on Saturday May the 16th by a group of seven people, in what's understood to be revenge for ticketing one of the men several weeks before.

Coupfourpointifve sources say Prasad's supporters even sought the help of the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

More importantly, they also gave the Fiji Times and Fiji Television photos and evidence of Prasad’s bashing more than a week ago but no story has appeared.

Sources say the two media oganisations told the family the story was pulled by the regime's censors.

The Prasad bashing is an example of human rights violations being suppressed in Fiji.

Prasad is recovering at home after being discharged from hospital on May the 25th and no longer has a job.

But his relatives and friends are frustrated that an innocent man and father of a young child, was harmed by his colleagues and senior officers while his attackers are leading a free life.